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East Market Safe Routes to School - Project Update

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  • Market Street Safe Routes to School Project
  • Market Street Safe Routes to School Project
  • Market Street Safe Routes to School Project


East Market Safe Routes to School Project- Construction continues on this Safe Routes to School Project with improvements that will help traffic circulation near an elementary school and a middle school.  The project implements complete streets principles, which means that the design considers all users of the street instead of the traditional focus on moving as a priority.  Complete streets best practices addresses concerns of safety, high speeds, and having little or no alternative choices for travel; concerns that are associated with a traditional car-centric roadway design. This project will reduce the number of vehicle travel lanes from 4-lanes to 2-lanes to create bicycle lanes.  For pedestrians the project improves crossings along East Market Street between Sanborn Road and Williams Road. The limits of the improvements are within the Suggested Routes to School for both Fremont Elementary and El Sausal Middle School.

Public Works anticipates that the project will be completed before the beginning of the school year (August). Actual time of completion will depend on PG&E completing construction to power the new traffic signals.  A ribbon cutting event is planned and will be announced as soon as the project completion date is confirmed.  Below are components of the project described with more details.

  • Road Diet: Roadway restriping to reduce the number of vehicle travel lanes on East Market from 4 lanes to 2 lanes between Eucalyptus Drive and Midway Avenue
  • Class II and IV Bike Lanes: Installation of painted bike lanes with buffers for additional separation from vehicle travel lanes on the north and south sides of East Market Street
  • Intersection Traffic Control Improvements: The current all way stop intersection at two locations, (1) E. Market & Eucalyptus and (2) E. Market and Towt, will be improved to include traffic signals, high visibility crosswalks, and bulb-outs at each corner of the intersections
  • Bulb-outs: The construction of bulb-outs in front of Fremont Elementary school at the intersections of East Market Street / 2nd Avenue and East Market Street / Quilla Street. Bulb-outs will also be included at the two intersections as noted above.  Bulb outs or curb extensions shorten crossing distances and therefore the time a pedestrian is on the roadway
  • Crosswalks: This project will install a high visibility mid-block crosswalk which provides access across Market Street to Fremont Elementary School
  • ADA Compliance: The existing sidewalks throughout the project area will be upgraded with ADA compliant pedestrian access ramps

 

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